was chosen and anointed of God to be king over Israel.
But Saul, according to God' s providence, was still
upon the throne. Saul was a wicked man. God had rejected him. But God had not
yet taken him off the throne. And David was not about to attempt an overthrow
of God's providence. Painful as it may have been to endure Saul's evil deeds,
David was content for Saul to reign as long as God would have him reign. He said,
"I will not put forth mine hand against him, seeing he is the anointed of
the Lord" (v. 6).
men have David's wisdom! Today, it is common for men to take it upon themselves
to seat and unseat men in the kingdom
of God. I refer specifically to the
pastoral office. One of the most lamentable evils of our day is the utter
disdain and contempt with which most people treat faithful gospel preachers.
Such disdain and contempt we expect from the world. But I think the angels must
blush when they see it in the church. True pastors are not hirelings, to be
seated and unseated by men. Those who treat God's ambassadors as hired hands,
do so at their own peril. God will not allow any man to wrong his servants with
impunity. He will reprove kings for their sakes. He says, "Touch not mine
anointed, and do my prophets no harm" (I Chron. -22).
When a congregation seeks a pastor, it will be direction
of the Holy Spirit. When a church calls a man to be its pastor, that
congregation has voluntarily placed itself under the pastoral rule of that man
(Heb. 13:7, 17). He is God's ambassador, God's spokesman, and God's
representative to that congregation. As such, he is to be treated with respect,
obedience, and love. He is to be esteemed very highly in love for his works sake
(I Thess. -13). He deserves such
treatment, if for no other reason, because of the God he represents and the
gospel he preaches. See that you treat God's servants as the servants of the most high God.